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Kenya lottery sues gov’t over planned gambling tax hikes

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Kenya lottery sues gov’t over planned gambling tax hikes

A Kenyan lottery operator has sued the government over its plans to hike gambling taxes by 35% starting next year.

 

On Thursday, Business Daily Africa reported that the Pambazuka National Lottery(PNL) had filed a High Court lawsuit against Kenya’s Betting Control and Licensing Board, the National Assembly, the Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner-General and the Attorney General over the gambling tax hikes approved earlier this year.

PNL’s lawsuit claims the tax hikes – which replaced variable tax rates on betting, gaming, lottery and sweepstakes operators with a uniform 35% rate – were unconstitutional, in that parliament approved them as part of a national budget, not standalone legislation, which would have required greater public input.

The tax hike is set to take effect on January 1, 2018 and PNL’s lawyers claim that PNL and other Kenyan gambling operators “will likely suffer closure as well as collapse” if the Court doesn’t act before that date.

PNL isn’t the first Kenyan firm to challenge the tax hike in court. In April, sports betting operator Sportpesa filed its own lawsuit against the government’s original plan, which would have seen the gambling tax hiked to 50%. For what it’s worth, Sportpesa is a PNL partner and PNL products are available via Sportpesa’s website.

Complicating matters, Kenya is enduring some serious political upheaval at the moment, as the country is headed into a presidential election on October 26 – the second such national poll in less than three months – after the country’s supreme court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August victory due to electoral ‘irregularities.’

Opposition leader Raila Odinga is boycotting the upcoming vote due to suspicions that it will be subject to similar irregularities and has called for public protests to force changes to the country’s electoral commission.

 

SPORTPESA URGES SPORTS STAKEHOLDERS TO TAKE ACTION
Meanwhile, SportPesa launched a new campaign this week intended to boost Kenya’s sports profile on the world stage. The new ‘Tujiamini’ campaign urges stakeholders at all levels to do what they can to help bring the local sports ecosystem up to global standards.

On hand for this week’s campaign launch was SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri, who said Kenya had “a proud sporting history” thanks to athletes that had brought glory to the nation in international competitions. Karauri challenged sports stakeholders, including himself, on whether they were “doing enough to uphold this legacy.”

Karauri’s words stand in stark contrast to his warnings this June that SportPesa would likely be forced to scrap its many sponsorship deals with local sports bodies as of January 1 due to the financial hardships the new betting tax would impose on his company. It remains to be seen whether this week’s campaign represents a sober rethink of the original plan, or a reminder of what the nation’s sporting world stands to lose.…

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Join EveryMatrix in Celebrating 10 years of iGaming at ICE

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Join EveryMatrix in Celebrating 10 years of iGaming at ICE

January 17th 2018, Malta – In 2018 we are celebrating our 10th birthday and 10 years of shared success in the company of our clients. We thought that this called for a moment of celebration, therefore we are inviting you to join us at the most exciting event of the year at Stand N6-310.

EveryMatrix has expanded greatly since our entrance to the market and we have reached new milestones in terms of growing our Sports, Casino and Payment offering to the benefit of our clients and partners.

From sportsbook and casino to payments and affiliate systems, our products work independently and can be easily integrated with existing platforms or can be offered as White Label, where clients can choose to operate under their own gaming licence or use one from us.

Today, EveryMatrix is servicing more than 70 operators from different jurisdictions including Tipico, Norsk Tipping and 188Bet among others, and we are always striving to support constant innovation and offer our clients the best possible range of services and value in the market.

At this year’s ICE edition, we are exhibiting our recent innovations including the latest Front-end Technology & Content Management System and the newly launched cross-product Bonus System that brings unprecedent flexibility among many other value-added features.

Always having operators in focus, we have consequently developed and will be showcasing our CasinoEngine Direct, as well as Data Feed and Sports API solutions too.

With CasinoEngine Direct solution, operators can integrate our casino product directly into their own platform and wallet, and gain access to more than 5,000 casino games from over 60 game providers. The CasinoEngine Direct solution secures minimum latency and optimal game speed.

Using our sports Data Feeds and Sports API, a complete solution delivering an unparalleled range of markets and outcomes with industry leading profitability, we help multiple businesses meet their targets, from bookmakers to affiliates and from odds comparison sites to score sites.

Our top representatives will welcome you at Stand N6-310 for the biggest and most exciting event in iGaming.

About EveryMatrix

EveryMatrix is a multi-award winning iGaming software provider, delivering a comprehensive product suite including a fully managed sportsbook, the largest casino content aggregator on the market, a complete gaming and payment processing platform, and a stand-alone affiliate/agent management system.


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Join EveryMatrix in Celebrating 10 years of iGaming at ICE

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EveryMatrix-10-years-at-ICE Join EveryMatrix in Celebrating 10 years of iGaming at ICE

January 17th 2018, Malta – In 2018 we are celebrating our 10th birthday and 10 years of shared success in the company of our clients. We thought that this called for a moment of celebration, therefore we are inviting you to join us at the most exciting event of the year at Stand N6-310.

EveryMatrix has expanded greatly since our entrance to the market and we have reached new milestones in terms of growing our Sports, Casino and Payment offering to the benefit of our clients and partners.

From sportsbook and casino to payments and affiliate systems, our products work independently and can be easily integrated with existing platforms or can be offered as White Label, where clients can choose to operate under their own gaming licence or use one from us.

Today, EveryMatrix is servicing more than 70 operators from different jurisdictions including Tipico, Norsk Tipping and 188Bet among others, and we are always striving to support constant innovation and offer our clients the best possible range of services and value in the market.

At this year’s ICE edition, we are exhibiting our recent innovations including the latest Front-end Technology & Content Management System and the newly launched cross-product Bonus System that brings unprecedent flexibility among many other value-added features.

Always having operators in focus, we have consequently developed and will be showcasing our CasinoEngine Direct, as well as Data Feed and Sports API solutions too.

With CasinoEngine Direct solution, operators can integrate our casino product directly into their own platform and wallet, and gain access to more than 5,000 casino games from over 60 game providers. The CasinoEngine Direct solution secures minimum latency and optimal game speed.

Using our sports Data Feeds and Sports API, a complete solution delivering an unparalleled range of markets and outcomes with industry leading profitability, we help multiple businesses meet their targets, from bookmakers to affiliates and from odds comparison sites to score sites.

Our top representatives will welcome you at Stand N6-310 for the biggest and most exciting event in iGaming.

About EveryMatrix

EveryMatrix is a multi-award winning iGaming software provider, delivering a comprehensive product suite including a fully managed sportsbook, the largest casino content aggregator on the market, a complete gaming and payment processing platform, and a stand-alone affiliate/agent management system.


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Merger proposed between MGM, Caesars real estate investment trusts

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Merger proposed between MGM, Caesars real estate investment trusts

MGM Growth Properties, the real estate investment trust controlled by MGM Resorts International, has offered to purchase the REIT that covers a large chunk of the properties operated by Caesars Entertainment

 

In a letter released Tuesday morning, MGM Resorts Chairman Jim Murren, who is also chairman of MGM Growth Properties, proposed the buyout in which the MGM REIT would pay $19.50 a share for all outstanding shares of VICI Properties Inc.

In a statement, MGM Growth properties said there were discussions between the REITs in December and last week.

We continue to believe that a combination of our two companies has a compelling strategic rationale and represents an extraordinary opportunity to create significant value for our respective shareholders,” according to the statement.

Under the proposal, MGM Growth Partners would acquire VICI through a stock transaction; however, MGM’s REIT would be willing to offer a portion of the purchase price in cash. VICI shareholders would end up owning 43 percent of the combined company.

According to the proposal, the combined REIT would have an enterprise value of approximately $22 billion. MGM Resorts’ ownership stake in the combined REIT would be reduced to 41 percent.

The two REITs own the land associated with some of the top casino resorts in the U.S., including Las Vegas and Atlantic City. MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment continue to operate the properties through a lease agreement, paying rent to the REITs.

VICI was formed as part of Caesars Entertainment’s bankruptcy reorganization. Caesars Palace, Harrah’s Las Vegas, and Caesars Atlantic City are among nearly 20 casino properties included in VICI.

The combination of VICI and MGP would create one of the largest triple net lease REITs, with an unmatched portfolio of high quality leisure, entertainment and hospitality assets,” MGM said in the statement.


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